BM #106 Week 3 Day 2 - 

In the Baked Dishes series this week, here is a simple baked cracker recipe which is delicious, healthy and vegan. 

Low fat butter, Olive Oil or any other oil can be used as a substitute. I have used raw sugar but it can be substituted with any artificial sweetener as needed.

These crackers turned out very addictive and mildly sweet with a hint of cinnamon. My little one, who is a fan of cinnamon sugar, says these crackers could use a little bit more cinnamon :).

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

*Oat Flour 1/2 cup
Whole Wheat Flour 1/2 cup (Plus more for dusting)
Cinnamon Powder 3/4 tsp
Salt 1/8 tsp
Sugar 2 Tbsp 
Coconut Oil 1 Tbsp

* I coarsely powdered Old fashioned Oats


Method Of Preparation -


In a mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, wheat flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon powder and coconut oil. Mix well until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.

Sprinkle water as needed and knead into a stiff dough.

Pinch Golf sized portions of the dough and roll out into thick discs.

Using a cookie cutter, cut the dough into any shape. Knead the trimmed portions of the dough and continue to cut out the crackers until all the dough is used up.

Preheat the oven to 300 °F. Arrange the crackers in a parchment lined tray and bake for 25 minutes. Switch off the oven and let them remain in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. they crisp up as they cool. Store them in an air tight container or serve them immediately. 



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Sending this to Srivalli's Kid's Delight event, guest hosted by Srividhya themed on Baked Dishes.


Preparation Time 15 minutes + Baking 25 minutes + 20 minutes Cooling time
Makes 24

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BM #106 Week 3 Day 1 - 

This Week, I shall post some baked dishes which are kid friendly. Today's post was baked by my kids. On a lazy and cold weekend, my kids convinced me that they would bake mini apple pies without needing my help.

I was so happy that the kids were able to bake these mini delights and also served them with ice cream. 

My older one found this recipe in her social media feed and luckily stored it and she referred to it and halved the recipe.

The kids had fun making the lattice, each one with a unique design. I was told that they left some without any lattice as they ran out of dough.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 
For the Crust - 
All Purpose Flour/Maida 1 cup
Butter (Chilled) 1/3 cup
Salt 1 tsp
Water 2 Tbsp
Filling - 
Apples, peeled,cored and chopped 2-3 (I used Fuji Apples)
Brown Sugar 6 Tbsp
Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp
All Purpose Flour 3 Tbsp
Butter (Chilled) 1 Tbsp



Method Of Preparation -


Preheat the oven to 425 °F.

To make the filling - 
In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except butter for the filling and mix well.

To make the mini pies -
In a mixing bowl, add flour, butter, salt and mix it until the flour looks like bread crumbs.

Sprinkle water and knead into a stiff dough.

Roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface.

Using a wine glass (3 inch cookie cutter will work fine), cut circles. Roll out the dough as many times as needed. We got 24 discs. Leave the rest of the dough for the lattice.

Press each disc into a mini muffin pan, so they make a cup.

Spoon the filling into each of the muffin cups lined with the crust.

Decorate the pies with any kind of lattice using the leftover dough or just leave it open.

Bake it for about 15-18  minutes.

Remove and loosen with a spoon and enjoy with a dollop of ice cream.



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Sending this to Srivalli's Kid's Delight event, guest hosted by Srividhya themed on Baked Dishes.


Preparation Time 45 minutes
Makes 24 mini pies

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BM #106 Week 2 Day 3 - 

For the last steamed dish in this series, here is a simple everyday dish. I have stuffed a leftover Aloo Sabji in idlis. Feel free to experiment and stuff any dry sabji in idlis and enjoy.

I was reluctant to try out these stuffed idlis but I didn't have enough time to make something elaborate so thought I would give these a shot and I am so glad as these have been accepted by the idli lovers at home.

Ingredients - 

Idli Batter 1 1/2 cups
*Potato Curry, mashed 3/4 cup


* Any dry potato curry which is slightly spicy will work here. 


Method Of Preparation -


Mash the potato curry and make thin flat patties and set aside.

In each of the idli plate moulds, first pour a tablespoon of the idli batter, place the potato patty, cover with idli batter.


Steam the stuffed idlis for about 10-15 minutes.

Allow it to cool. Remove the idlis and serve them warm with a chutney of your choice.


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Preparation Time 25 minutes
Makes 12 idlis

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Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, November 12, 2019


BM #106 Week 2 Day 2 - 

For the steamed dishes, today I have this heavenly steamed dessert which can be served warm or chilled.

With very basic ingredients this dessert can wow your family and friends. I have used custard powder instead of cornstarch and vanilla essence. I have used raw sugar instead of white sugar. Is that why the caramel didn't color well? Experts, please chime in on the reason.

Caramel color apart, the desert was all that you expect. A mildly sweet melt-in-the-mouth delight.


Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

For the Caramel - 
Sugar 1/4 cup
Water 1 tsp
For the Custard - 
Milk 1/2 cup
Yogurt 1/2 cup (I used Nonfat Greek Yogurt)
Condensed Milk 1/2 cup
Custard Powder 1 1/2 Tbsp


Method Of Preparation -


In a mixing bowl, whisk all the ingredients listed under 'For the Custard'. Set aside.

To prepare the caramel, heat a pan with sugar and water. Mix until the sugar melts and changes color. Remove from heat and transfer into steamable containers. I used mini Silicone muffin cups.

Fill the silicone cups with the custard mixture.

Place them on a steamer rack and steam for about 25 minutes.

Allow the steamer to cool for a few minutes. The custard can be refrigerated to serve them cold.

Slowly invert the custard cups onto serving platters and serve.


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Preparation Time 40-45 minutes
Makes 12 regular muffin size

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BM #106 Week 2 Day 1 - 

This week, I shall showcase some steamed dishes which have become popular at home. I had bookmarked this recipe from Suma's space couple of months back. 

I had moong dal idlis but never imagined black eyed peas idli and we simply loved the flavors. I didn't have any hopes from the idli haters at home (kids) but we, adults, enjoyed them.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Black Eyed Peas 1/2 cup
Salt, Green chili , Ginger as needed
Yogurt 3-4 Tbsp
Carrot Grated 2 Tbsp
Coriander leaves finely chopped 1 Tbsp
ENO fruit Salt 1/2 tsp


Method Of Preparation -


Wash and soak the black eyed peas for 4-5 hours.  Drain and grind with salt, ginger and green chili into a fine batter adding as much yogurt as needed.

Mix the grated carrot and chopped coriander leaves into the batter.

Sprinkle ENO fruit salt and gently mix.

Distribute the batter into the idli plates and steam them for 15-20 minutes.

Allow it to cool for a few minutes and remove.

Serve with a chutney of your choice.

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Preparation Time 25 minutes + Soaking time 5 hours
Makes 9-10 idlis

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Posted by Harini R on Sunday, November 10, 2019


BM #106 Week 1 Day 3 - 

Hummus is our family favorite and sometime back, I saw a recipe for Sweet Potato Hummus in my social media feed and loved the idea. I could not locate the feed but I vaguely remembered that seasoned sweet potato mash was mixed with Hummus. So that is what I did.

We loved it with pita chips for an afternoon snack. Today I used store bought Hummus and made it in a jiffy. 

Ingredients - 

Sweet Potato 1 medium 
Hummus 1/2 cup
Olive Oil 1 Tbsp
Salt, Pepper, Paprika as needed
Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Red Chili Powder as needed

Lime Juice 1-2 tsp

Method Of Preparation -


Wash, peel and chop the sweet potato. Boil until tender. {I microwaved the sweet potato for 4 minutes}.

Mash the boiled sweet potato, sprinkle salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, red chili powder.

Mix well by adding the Olive oi and lime juice. Adjust seasonings as needed.

Serve it with Pita Chips.


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Preparation Time 15 minutes
Makes 1 cup

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BM #106 Week 1 Day 2 - 

My family loves Mayonnaise but off late have discontinued its usage as they got a little sensitive to the egg flavor/smell.

So when I was looking at what other condiments my family would love, it struck me that I could try out this eggless Mayo.
They instantly fell in love with the vegetable sandwiches made using the Mayo 

It is so simple and quick to make that my older one was asking me if she can make it at 2 am in her college dorm next year :).

Recipe adapted from various sites on the web
Ingredients - 

Olive Oil 1/2 cup
Whole Milk / Half n Half Milk 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice / Vinegar 1 tsp
Salt and Pepper as needed


Method Of Preparation -


In a tall glass/container add oil and milk. Using a hand blender, pulse it a few times.

Slowly add the lime juice, salt and pepper.

Pulse a few more times until the mixture is emulsified and a thick mixture is formed.

Gently, scoop out the mayo into a container.

Refrigerate until needed. It is supposed to stay good for 5-6 days in the refrigerator.


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Preparation Time 5 minutes
Makes 1/2 cup

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Posted by Harini R on Monday, November 4, 2019


BM #106 Week 1 Day 1 - 

The theme I chose for the first week of November is to showcase some condiments.

This version of Alfredo Sauce has become a favorite with my kids these days. It is simple and quick to make so it makes my life easy as well.

In a casual conversation, my sister, Jaya mentioned that she makes this easy Alfredo Sauce and shared the recipe and from then on my kids demand this version of Alfredo Sauce and so it makes it way here for this week.

Recipe Source Jaya
Ingredients - 

Cream Cheese, Whipped 4 Tbsp
Milk 1 cup
Butter 1 Tbsp (or more if preferred)
Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning as needed
Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika as needed
Cheese, Shredded 1/4 cup or as needed 


Method Of Preparation -


In a heated pan, melt butter and add the whipped cream cheese. Keep mixing while all the seasoning spices are added.

Reduce the heat and keep whisking while adding milk little by little. Once the sauce starts thickening, remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheese.

The Alfredo Sauce is ready. Toss in pasta or use as a pizza topping or refrigerate upon cooling for later use.

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Preparation Time 10 minutes
Makes 1 cup approximately

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Posted by Harini R on Sunday, November 3, 2019


Happy Diwali to all who celebrate!

BM #105 Week 4 Day 3 -

This is yet another recipe which is enjoyed by all at home. Simple flavors and a perfect combination to offer to the Lord.

Recipe Inspiration here
Ingredients - 

Chow Chow/ Chayote Squash/ Seema Vankaya 1 medium size
Ghee 2 tsp
Milk 3 cups
Sugar 1/4 cup + more if preferred
Almond Powder/MTR Badam mix 1 Tbsp (Optional)
Cardamom Powder 1/4 tsp
Almonds and Cashews chopped 3 Tbsp



Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add ghee and fry the chopped nuts until they are golden brown. Remove the fried nuts with a slotted spoon onto another bowl.

In the same ghee saute the grated chow chow for about 3-4 minutes.

Pour milk into the pan and allow the chow chow to cook well.

Sprinkle almond powder, sugar, cardamom powder and let the payasam simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat and garnish the fried nuts.



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Preparation Time 20 minutes
Serves 3-4

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BM #105 Week 4 Day 2 - 

I was surprised to note that I haven't posted Palak Paneer in my blog. To be honest, it has been a while since I made at home too. 

Years ago, I remember my older one not liking it and so I think it was fixed in my head that it won't be liked by the kids and so never thought about it. A few days back, I saw the recipe of Palak Paneer in my social media feed and I was tempted to make it at home.

It came a surprise to me that all of us loved it and I was secretly yelling at myself for not having made this all these years :).

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Palak/Spinach 1 1/2 cups (I used frozen)
Paneer cubed 1 1/2 cups
Onion finely chopped 1/2 cup
Ginger-Garlic-Green Chili paste 2 tsp
Tomato Pureed 1/2 cup
Salt, Coriander Powder as needed
Red Chili powder, Garam Masala as needed
Milk/Cream 1/4 cup 
Kasuri Methi 2 pinches
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Cumin seeds 1 tsp)


Method Of Preparation -


Keep the paneer cubes soaked in water for 10-15 minutes.

In a heated heavy bottomed pan, add oil and cumin seeds. After the cumin seeds have crackled, add onions, ginger-garlic-green chili paste and saute until the onions are golden brown in color.

Add in the pureed tomatoes, sprinkle coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well and allow it to cook. Keep it covered.

Meanwhile thaw the frozen spinach and make a puree adding as little water as needed. Set aside.

When the oil floats in the onion tomato mixture, transfer the spinach puree into the pan, mix well and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.

Pour the cream/milk and allow it to boil. Slide in the soaked paneer cubes, sprinkle kasuri methi and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat, serve it warm with roti/naan/pulao/rice.



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Preparation Time 25-30 minutes
Serves 4-5

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BM #105 Week 4 Day 1 - 

This week I shall showcase some of my bookmarked recipes which have been very popular with my family.

The first one here is from Usha's space. My special thanks to Usha for taking time and helping me understand the authentic recipe. I have made this Shorva 3-4 times so far and every time we were surprised to note that it tasted great. 

Recipe Source here
Ingredients -

Okra / Bendakaya / Bhindi 10-12 nos
Onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup
Ginger-Garlic paste 2 tsp
Green chilies slit 2-3 (as needed)
Salt, Red Chili Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric as needed
Coconut Powder 1 tsp (Optional)
Sugar 1 tsp (Optional)
Tomatoes , chopped 1 1/4 cup (I used canned diced tomatoes)
Water 1 cup + more if needed
Milk 1/4 cup
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp (Optional)
Coriander Leaves for garnish 
Oil 2 Tbsp (divided use)



 
Method Of Preparation -


Wash okra, pat them dry, cut off the ends and chop into 2 inch pieces.

In a heated pan, add a tablespoon oil and saute the okra pieces until they are cooked through. (about 5-6 minutes).

Remove them on to a separate plate.

In the same heated pan, add the remaining oil and saute the ginger-garlic paste, slit green chilies and onion until the onions are golden brown in color.

Sprinkle salt, turmeric, coriander powder, red chili powder, coconut powder, sugar and dump in the tomatoes.

Mix and let the tomatoes become soft and mushy under cover. (about 3-4 minutes)

Add water and let the mixture come to a rolling boil. Reduce the heat and slowly add milk while stirring (this is to avoid curdling of the milk).

Sprinkle garam masala and the fried okra.

Cover and allow the gravy come to a boil.

Remove from heat, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice/roti.







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Preparation Time 25-30 minutes
Serves 4-5

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Posted by Harini R on Thursday, October 24, 2019
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